According to Nazmul Hasan, both Steve Rhodes and Shakib al Hasan think it is better to have the surgery as soon as possible, despite the fact that the cricketer will miss the Asia Cup, set to be held in Dubai next month
BCB president Nazmul Hasan along with a few influential directors of the board had a post-series meeting with Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes Thursday. A part of the Bangladesh team and management returned to Dhaka Thursday following a 38-day long tour of the West Indies.
Surgery of Bangladesh Test and T20I captain Shakib al Hasan on his injured little-finger of his left hand was one of the chief agendas of the meeting. According to Nazmul, both Rhodes and Shakib think it is better to have the surgery as soon as possible, despite the fact that the cricketer will miss the Asia Cup, set to be held in Dubai next month.
Nazmul however, thought differently and opined for the surgery after the Asia Cup, particularly when Bangladesh host Zimbabwe in October. The meeting between the decision makers of the board and newly-appointed head coach Rhodes also discussed the latter’s first-hand experience with the team. The tour of the West Indies was Rhodes’ first assignment since his appointment on June 7 this year.
“I spoke to Shakib about it. His hand does not have the strength needed during a game. He is taking injections to play the game. But a surgery will require him to take rest for at least six weeks. It is tough to find a window this long, given the packed schedule the team have. We are trying to find a window between the games and if not, he will have to skip some games,” said Nazmul to the media at a local hotel in Dhaka following the meeting.
“It can be before or after the Asia Cup. The coach is saying to do it before Asia Cup but I opined to have the surgery during the Zimbabwe series at home (in October). That way we can also try some new players in place of Shakib in that series. The Asia Cup this year should not be easy I think and the team do not have an equal replacement for Shakib. It also affects the morale of the team. We will discuss this further, and we will involve Shakib in this too. I think it is better to have the surgery some other time but not during the Asia Cup,” the BCB supremo explained.
Though Bangladesh had a horrific start to the tour, losing the two-match Test series 2-0 against host Windies, the Tigers made a magnificent turnaround, first winning the three-ODI series 2-1 and then clinching the three-match T20I series by the same 2-1 margin.
The BCB boss informed that Rhodes is impressed with how the team bounced back from their initial struggles. And besides the five senior men in the shape of Mashrafe bin Mortaza, Shakib, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah, some youngsters have caught the Englishman’s attention.
“He (Rhodes) believes Bangladesh have young prospects and a few of them have caught his attention. He spoke of Mehedi Hasan [Miraz] and Nazmul Islam [Apu]. He was impressed how Mustafizur [Rahman] made a comeback from injury. He now wants to have a 30-member preliminary squad, he wants to try new players. We have agreed to that,” informed Nazmul.
According to the BCB president, the board wants to make the cricketers play the domestic longer-versions, but there is a huge time constraint. The Bangladesh cricketers now maintain a schedule similar to that of any other leading cricket-playing nations and require proper time to rest and recover. Forcing them to play the domestic longer-version will cut the rest time of the cricketers, which will not be wise for them, opined Nazmul.
“It is a fact that the cricketers now have to maintain a hectic schedule. We want them to play the domestic four-day matches as it is the only way they can improve in Tests. But we also have to look into their workload. We are discussing and trying to find the way,” said Nazmul.